25 ‘Must Visit' Top Attractions in Ireland

By Jayne Leonard
30 Mar 2015

Ireland has hundreds of visitor attractions, many shaped as a result of ourBuy your Tickets to Ireland’s Top Attractions here incredible human and natural history. You will discover everything from ancient castles, caves and burial sites through to heritage centres and magnificent natural attractions. Below is a selection of 25 Top Attractions in Ireland, listed by county. You can buy tickets to all of these, and more, on our TopAttractionsIreland.com website:
 

  1. Titanic Belfast Titanic Quarter, Belfast City: Titanic Belfast is an iconic six-storey building featuring 9 interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic as well as the city which made her. It is the world's largest Titanic exhibition. Open Year Round.
     
  2. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty, Co. Clare: This is one of IrelBunratty Castle and Folk Parkand’s major visitor attractions and a ‘must-see’.  It is set on 26 acres and is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past. The Castle itself, built in 1425, is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland while the Folk Park is a stunning recreation of 19th Century Ireland. Allow several hours to explore. Open Year Round.
     
  3. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Liscannor, Co. ClareVisit Ireland’s most visited natural attraction that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Stretching for 8km, the Cliffs are located in the famous Burren regions and along the Wild Atlantic Way driving route and are home to stunning wildlife including puffins, seals, dolphins and more. On a clear day, you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, Connemara, Loop Head and the Dingle Peninsula and you can even head to the rooftop viewing platform in O’ Brien’s Tower for a more spectacular view! Open Year Round. 
     

  4. Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare: Two great attractions in one. You can explore one of Ireland's ancient caves and experience the Birds of Prey Centre which includes fabulous flying displays. With experienced tour guides, enjoy the beautiful caverns and interact with nature's top predators. Open Year Round.
     

  5. CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Blackrock, Cork City: This is fun-filled experience with fun and educational things to do for families, children and science enthusiasts. Enjoy the science exhibition, planetarium, comet chaser game, and when you have toured the Castle, send a message to Space! Open Year Round.
     

  6. Dublin Bay Cruises, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2Cruise Dublin Bay on one of five different tour options. Each enjoyable cruise provides you with the opportunity to soak up the freshness of the bay; catch a glimpse of some wildlife and see famous landmarks and sights from perspectives only possible from the water. Running April 1 to September 30.
     

  7. Trinity College - Old Library & Book of Kells Exhibition, College Street, Dublin 2

    Trinity College Library and Book of Kells ExhibitionThis is a fascinating visit. It is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and is famous for its graduates such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde and Beckett. It is home to the famous 9th Century Gospel – The Book of Kells and to the longest single-chamber library in the world. Open Year Round.
     
  8. Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate, Dublin 8:  Ireland's number one visitor attraction. It provides an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS® brand and company.  Set on seven floors, you will get to understand the story of GUINNESS from its origins in Dublin to its growth as a global brand. It really is a superb tour and experience. Open Year Round.
     
  9. Butlers Chocolate Experience, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17: Witness the magic and wonder of a real life chocolate factory when you visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience for the ultimate chocolate discovery guided tour. Watch the chocolate movie and learn its history, decorate your very own chocolate souvenir and enjoy plenty of tastings ... it’s a great day out for kids and adults alike! Advance booking essential. Open Year Round. 
     

  10. Malahide Castle and Gardens, Malahide, Co. Dublin:  This is a magnificent 12th Century Castle situated on over 250 acres of parkland. Located just 10 minutes from Dublin airport and 13km from Dublin City Centre it is easy to reach by bus or DART Rail. Open Year Round.
     

  11. Dublinia - Dublin in Viking & Medieval Times, Christchurch, Dublin 8: Dublinia is an exciting heritage attraction in what was the heart of medieval Dublin. There are three themed exhibitions to enable you to experience Dublin city as it was in times past - 'Viking Dublin', 'Medieval Dublin' and ‘History Hunters’.  It’s very interactive and kids love it too. Open Year Round.
     
  12. Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 8:  One of Ireland's most popular attractions. This medieval gothic place of worship has been at the core of Irish life and history for over 800 years. Jonathan Swift, famous novelist and satirist, is buried here. Open Year Round.
     
  13. Viking Splash Tours, St. Stephens Green North, Dublin 2: This is a unique experience on both land and water, showcasing Dublin during an exciting and engaging tour on amphibious World War II vehicles. This is fun for all the family! Open February 1 to Mid-December.
     
  14. The Irish National StudIrish National Stud and Gardens, Tully, Co. Kildare: A unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. Get to meet some of the retired Living Horse Legends that millions of racing enthusiasts have roared on, including ‘Beef or Salmon’, ‘Kicking King’ and ‘Moscow Flyer’. Open February to November.
     
  15. The Hunt Museum, Limerick City: The Hunt Museum exhibits one Europe’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th Century. See 2,000 works of art and antiquities including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Roderic O’Conor, Jack B. Yeats, Robert Fagan and Henry Moore. It makes for a great ‘rainy day’ outing for the whole family as there’s plenty for kids to enjoy there too, with an interactive treasure hunt and an ‘Animals in Art’ Gallery Trail. Open Year Round. 
     

  16. King John's Castle Visitor Experience, Limerick City: King John’s Castle is over 800 years old and was built as a defensive fortress to guard the Shannon frontier. The new King John's Castle Experience interprets the Castle's remarkable history and archaeology with 21st century technology to help you discover the history of Limerick City and the Castle. Open Year Round.
     

  17. Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, Foynes, Co. Limerick: This Museum recalls a lost romantic era (1939-1945), when a quaint and scenic Irish village became the epicentre of commercial aviation. The maritime section, housed in the original transatlantic terminal, explores the history and personality of the River Shannon. Irish Coffee was ‘invented’ here. Open mid-March to mid-November.
     
  18. Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly: Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre offers something for all ages and most interests on 50 hectares of parkland, including a Historic Science Centre, magnificent world-famous formal Gardens and terraces, the Great Birr Telescope (once the largest in the world) and a kids’ Treehouse Adventure Area, housing the largest tree-house in Ireland! Open Year Round.
     

  19. Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly:  You can immerse yourself in the history and magic that lies inside the walls of this 19th century bonded warehouse, where the Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey making tradition began. Enjoy a guided tour and a complimentary glass of this famous Irish whiskey. Ask about 'The Angel's Share'. Open Year Round.
     
  20. Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone:  Understand the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. You can experience an adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Open Year Round.

    Medieval Museum, Waterford
  21. Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City: The Museum is a tribute to Medieval Waterford and helps you discover what life was like in the city during that period. It also carefully preserves several medieval structures within its walls. It is the only museum in Europe built upon National monuments. Open Year Round.
     
  22. Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Belvedere, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath: This is a magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate in the midlands, with a fully restored Georgian Villa and Victorian Walled Garden, 8km of walks, a Fairy Garden, three children's playgrounds, a gift shop, picnic areas and licensed cafe. Check out ‘the Jealous Wall’. Open year round.
     
  23. Hook Lighthouse, New Ross, Co. Wexford. This is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, and has marked the entrance to Waterford Harbour for over 800 years.  The views from balcony are just spectacular and afterwards relax in the welcoming visitor centre café. Open Year Round.

    Powerscourt House and Gardens
  24. Powerscourt House & Gardens, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow:  Stunning, spectacular gardens, and voted the #3 Garden in the World by National Geographic. It's located only 20 minutes from Dublin. There is so much to see and discover for everyone - from little explorers to garden enthusiasts. With garden walks, shopping and relaxation, it makes for a great day out! Open Year Round.
     
  25. The National SEA LIFE Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow:  Located on the Seafront in Bray, this aquatic Zoo is home to over 1,000 creatures including Black Tip Reef Sharks, octopus, seahorses, stingrays and red-bellied piranha. Take a journey to the deep...without getting wet!  Open Year Round.
     

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